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Monday, July 28, 2014

STFU

Reports from unnamed U.S. Official have emerged stating that the document John Kerry circulated was not meant as a ceasefire proposal, but rather just a draft meant for comments. The fact that it omitted Israel's security needs and provided a windfall for Hamas... not to mention that Kerry engaged with Qatar and Turkey to try and hammer out the deal, is neither here nor there.

The unnamed source went on to complain in the most strident tones that Israeli reactions to the document, and to Kerry's efforts were "inaccurate and insulting".

Since the US seems to be sticking true to form and playing the outraged and insulted cards to cover for yet another feckless foreign policy blunder, let me offer something to be truly insulted about (though sadly, quite accurate):

The only accurate statements issuing from the US State Department and White House are related to the tragic nature of the civilian casualties and suffering in Gaza. But what they both fail to grasp is that the casualties and suffering are entirely Hamas' responsibility. If the US wants it to stop, they are pressuring the wrong side.

Don't have any leverage with Hamas? Not our problem. That doesn't mean we have to always be the only grown ups in the region. The US government needs to STFU and let the IDF provide the only kind of diplomacy to which Hamas is likely to respond.

Israel's responsibility, aside from its primary responsibility to protect its own citizens, is to do everything possible to minimize the civilian toll in Gaza. And anyone who understands even the tiniest bit about military technology knows that after three weeks of nearly non-stop bombardment of legitimate military targets that had been deliberately embedded deep inside Gaza's civilian infrastructure, 1,031 deaths (many of whom were combatants or willing human shields) is a tragic, but minimum number of casualties that serves as a testament to Israel's morality and caution... and to Hamas' brutality and inhumanity.

The only thing Kerry's floundering efforts this weekend accomplished, was to inadvertently align Israeli, Palestinian Authority and Egyptian assessments that he is, at best, a blithering idiot, and at worst a duplicitous supporter of a Turkish and Qatari-backed Hamas victory.

There. Now they can be offended.

Posted by David Bogner on July 28, 2014 | Permalink

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I say he is a blithering idiot. Moreover, he is a biased, blithering idiot.

A friend castigated me for celebrating when Richard Holbrooke died. Should John Kerry expire soon, he'll get the chance to castigate me again.

Posted by: antares | Jul 28, 2014 3:56:08 AM

But what does Kerry get out of it? A Nobel peace prize for nothing? Oh yeah, they give those out by the bag full.

Posted by: quietusleo | Jul 28, 2014 6:25:04 AM

Proud to be an Israeli and a Canadian! The government in Canada gets it!

Posted by: Michael | Jul 28, 2014 11:22:19 PM

Proud to be an Israeli and a Canadian! The government in Canada gets it!

Posted by: Michael | Jul 28, 2014 11:22:19 PM

http://www.timesofisrael.com/john-kerry-the-betrayal/

Well, maybe word is getting out about Kerry's incompetence. Pity word never got out about Clinton's. We apologize to the world for the inconvenience.

;./

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jul 29, 2014 9:55:40 AM

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